The artist is the creator of beautiful and enlightened things.
To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.
The critic is he who can translate into another manner
or a new material his ardent impression of beautiful things.
The highest as the lowest form of criticism is autobiography.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are cultivated.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral book. Books
are well written, or badly written. That is all. Period.
Paraphrases from the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.